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What Is Doxycycline? Doxycycline is an oral drug that helps to prevent malaria in travellers to malaria-endemic areas. The drug is a good option for places with chloroquine or multidrug-resistant P. falciparum. Doxycycline is swallowed once daily, beginning 1–2 days before travel, while in malaria-prone areas, and four weeks after leaving. Doxycycline is a prescription drug. It has a low chance of bacterial resistance, thus increasing effective treatment when taken as prescribed. The 100mg capsule is the most common treatment for malaria prevention How Does Doxycycline Work? Doxycycline 100 mg daily is highly effective at killing the erythrocytic stages of the malaria parasite. It is tetracycline, with both antibacterial and antiprotozoal properties. Parasitic protozoans cause malaria, and the antiprotozoal properties are what help to prevent malaria. The drug helps prevent the production of vital proteins needed to make new malaria parasites in our bodies. Without the protein, the parasites die. Doxycycline comes in a range of strengths and formulations.
Doxycycline Warnings Refrain from taking Doxycycline if you: Are allergic to the ingredients. Have liver or kidney problems. Have Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) condition. Have Myasthenia gravis condition. Are pregnant or breastfeeding
How to Take Doxycycline Doxycycline is a wide-spectrum antibiotic that treats most bacteria-caused infections. Take Doxycycline with or after food and with a full glass of water. Ensure to complete the course to avoid developing resistance.
Doxycycline Ingredients Each Doxycycline capsule contains 100mg Doxycycline as the active ingredient. Each capsule contains gelatin, magnesium stearate, shellac glaze, sodium lauryl sulfate, starch, E104, E127, E131, E171, E172, and propylene glycol.
Side Effects of Using Doxycycline When used to prevent malaria, Doxycycline tablets rarely cause side effects. If you experience any, the side effects include: Nausea and vomiting. Diarrhoea. Abdominal pains. Heartburn. Skin sensitivity to light. The conditions below may indicate solid allergic reactions. Stop treatment and see your doctor if you notice: Breathing difficulties. Swellings. Fast heart rate. Rash or itching. Fever and cramps. Watery diarrhoea. Low blood pressure. Always read the leaflet supplied with your medication for a complete list of side effects and interactions with other medicines.